Workload Automation Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
controlm6ba7 says in a Control-M review
Control-M Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The whole Control-M scheduling package is valuable. The most important features are that it is easy to use and graphical, since I'm a graphical person. This allows me to see it on the screen. I've used other scheduling tools, and the information wasn't there. Being able to see the jobs that connect to another job is real important to me. It can do anything that I need. We do real-time jobs. We also do jobs that have to run at certain times. I have not been presented with a scheduling need that I was not able to do. It is very flexible and dynamic. I learned it intuitively, and it's easy to use. I speak to operators who sometimes have limited technical knowledge and they are able to pick it up with my help. They're able to pick it up pretty easily and do the functions that they need to do. View full review »
Jared Kessans says in an Automic Workload Automation review
Lead Systems Administrator at Great American Insurance
The usability of the user interface. It just makes sense and it is easy to see the flow of the processes. We have been slowly migrating to the web-based user interface, which has some of the older features missing, but also introduces additional new features. View full review »
Robert-Stinnett says in a Control-M review
Automation Analyst at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the Automation API - Jobs as Code. This is the future of workload automation. It brings Control-M into the DevOps sphere, and they are focusing a lot of effort with monthly releases of this product. View full review »
Bhanu Prakash Badiginchala says in a Control-M review
Application Automation Deveoper with 1,001-5,000 employees
Integration capabilities, plugins, support communities, visibility, MFT, Reports, APIs. As mentioned earlier, all these features mean that we don't need to use multiple solutions to do the task. It also makes things a lot easier that way. MFT changed the way we manage our file transfers. On top of that, all of it is directly visible in the same GUI. All the statistics can be viewed at the click of a button. Although a bit flaky sometimes, it is very helpful. Experts in the communities need a special mention here. There's a huge number of people who spend their valuable time helping each other, solving others problems. Although the actual BMC support can be slow in response sometimes, the expertise & the helpful nature of people in the BMC Community for Control-M more than make up for it. View full review »
KeyurPatel says in a Control-M review
Control-M Tech Lead at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the Autoedit variable resolution in planning. This feature allows developers to better understand the schedule, and allow them to correct any potential issues in advance. The MFT dashboard is also a useful tool to track all file transfers. It provides detailed information about both source and destination. View full review »
ManagerD502d says in a Control-M review
Manager Digital Solutions at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
It creates an audit trail for jobs that we run off of it. With opportunity to run things through a repository, such as a scheduler, you have a better opportunity to ensure the information is where it needs to be when it needs to be there. View full review »
SystemAd1832 says in a Control-M review
System Admin and Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Monitoring is a valuable aspect of it. The monitoring tool is very good, and it is easy for expert and entry level users to use on a short notice. View full review »
Paul Wayland says in a Control-M review
VP Control-M Scheduling at Northern Trust
Monitoring is a valuable aspect of it. The monitoring tool is very good. It's very easy for expert and entry-level users to use on short notice. Also, the usability is good. View full review »
SrOperat4d63 says in a Control-M review
Sr Operations Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are * the managing of file transfers * the product keeping up with technology. It's also very user-friendly and easy to manage job flow. View full review »
reviewer1012668 says in a Compuware ThruPut Manager review
User
Job binding services (JBS) is used by SAC, but also helps with our datas sharing environments. Any job can have multiple affinities (like SCHENV on steroids) associated to allow the job to run in a JESMAS and find all of the resources on a particular LPAR to satisfy requirements. Our scheduler managed batch has standard checking prior to promotion. Enforcement of JCL standards for end user desktop submitted jobs has been very positive. We change processes (especially SYSOUT classes) based on standards to manage output. View full review »
Agent overview with clustering, monitoring and filtering the different operating systems and/or software versions. View full review »
User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
From a Product Owner perspective, I can say that for me, the most valuable features are: web interface, business services allowing to segregate users, reporting capabilities. View full review »
User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Most valuable option is creating tasks and triggering them on scheduled time. It is so helpful that tasks can be added to Workflows and many dependencies can be created between those tasks. View full review »
User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Workflow editor and the ability to visually see how a particular job or set or jobs will run together, when and under what conditions. View full review »
User at a financial services firm
Create Java between tasks and show this in a graphical overview. Integrate easily different application with UNIX tasks. View full review »
Head of Branchless Banking at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The best thing about the product is its agility. It is a complete solution: people, process, and technology. View full review »
Irvin Carney says in an Automic Workload Automation review
DevOps Engineer at 84.51
How technology agnostic it is. It works with all the different legacy solutions we have and it allows us to look at things in one location, as opposed to going to a lot of different places. View full review »
Pete Wirfs says in a CA Workload Automation review
Programming Specialist at SAIF Corporation
It has allowed us to automate many of the functions of our operations staff. For instance, we had production control staff spending two hours a day entering date parms into our daily business processes. And now, CA Workload Automation does it for us. View full review »
MarkRoshier says in an OpCon review
OpCon/xps Support at Nationwide Building Society
Auto-scheduling is the most valuable feature. We have the ability to schedule seven days in advance, so we know exactly how we're running every night. If we need to make any changes, we can make changes to the daily schedule and we don't have to worry about changing masters or quarterlies. Changing our master schedule causes us issues. We have another product that doesn't work quite like this and when they have to change the master schedule they have problems. Because we have the ability to auto-build seven days in advance, we only need to change the daily and not the masters. View full review »
ITManageeb44 says in a Control-M review
IT Manager at a Consumer Goods with 201-500 employees
I find it very helpful to be able to keep track of all our help desk tickets. View full review »
Mohamed Elazzouzi says in a CA Workload Automation iDash review
Production Systems Engineer at Sofrecom
The solution is very stable. Once we solved the problem with the database memory, we were able to get telemetry parameters. The solution is easy to manipulate and has good performance. View full review »
Manager Performance and Automation Engineering at PSCU Financial Services
The Universal Agent is the most valuable feature. Being agent-based and being able to go across multiple technology stacks, which is what our workflows do, Stonebranch gives us the ability to bridge those disparate technologies. It enables us to remove the dependency-gap with the agent so we know the status of the workflow at each step. Workflow development in Stonebranch is straightforward. There is something of a learning curve, but it's not very steep. Being able to develop workflows without having to train and develop some very specialized skillsets to use the tool is very useful. Stonebranch absolutely helped enable digital transformation in our company and it still is. In our automation efforts, we're pushing everything to Informatica and, as we move those ETLs, we're automating the entire workflows. In phase-one and phase-two, there were 244 jobs migrated in from other ETL platforms to Informatica, and we've automated all of those. We have almost 200 jobs remaining. We're going to have something approaching 450 workflows in Stonebranch when we're done. View full review »
Application and Database Administrator at Blue Bird Corporation
We have created some workflows and find them very valuable. We are trying to move more of our tasks into workflows. Currently, we have about 850 tasks in it, and we are trying to move more of our tasks into workflows, but we have been slow on this. However, the workflows seem to be the most beneficial to us as a lot of our jobs are on different servers. E.g., on server A, we will run a job and its output will be consumed by server B. Then, on server B, we'll run a job on that. Its output will be consumed by server C. We don't really know how long these jobs will run on each machine. We just have a window. We expect server A to be done by nine o'clock, then we expect server B to be done by 11. After that, server C should be done by around one. In reality, that is overkill for most of the jobs. They don't take that long to run. So, if we can put them in a workflow, it just kicks off the next task on whatever server that it is scheduled on. In real-time, there is no dead time waiting on the files. The end result is users get much quicker visibility of things. Stonebranch Universal Task is very capable. I like it. We have not really come up with a task that we can't do with it. While there are a few edge cases, 99 percent of our processing can be handled by this product with no problems. View full review »
Consulting Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the reliability of the agents, because we need them accessible and we need to run stuff. The agent technology and compatibility are top-notch. The agents are wonderful. I've spoken at several of their conferences and always give them high marks. I would put the agents' resiliency at number one in the industry. We have used the Universal Task a little bit and it seems to be fully functional. It's good. The Stonebranch Marketplace is decent as well. View full review »
DataCent0d56 says in a Control-M review
Data Center Operations Supervisor at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Automation is its most valuable feature. It comes down to if you schedule a job, then it runs on its own. You don't need to have an operator manually start a script, start a mainframe job, etc. I love the usability. It works. If a job fails, that development team is notified right away, which improves reliability. Previously, it was on the operators to notify the developers that their job failed, erred, or aborted. Now, it's all automated. View full review »
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